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BRUCE   m   Scottish, English
From a Scottish surname, of Norman origin, which probably originally referred to the town of Brix in France. The surname was borne by Robert the Bruce, a Scottish hero of the 14th century who achieved independence from England and became the king of Scotland. It has been in use as a given name in the English-speaking world since the 19th century. A notable bearer is the American musician Bruce Springsteen (1949-).
BRUNA   f   Italian, Portuguese, Croatian
Feminine form of BRUNO.
BRUNELLA   f   Italian
Feminine diminutive of BRUNO.
BRÜNHILD   f   German, Germanic Mythology
Derived from the Germanic elements brun "armour, protection" and hild "battle". It is cognate with the Old Norse name Brynhildr (from the elements bryn and hildr). In Norse legend Brynhildr was the queen of the Valkyries who was rescued by the hero Sigurd. In the Germanic saga the 'Nibelungenlied' she was a queen of Iceland and the wife of Günther. Both of these characters were probably inspired by the eventful life of the 6th-century Frankish queen Brunhilda (of Visigothic birth).
BRUNHILDA   f   History
Variant of BRÜNHILD, referring to the Frankish queen.
BRUNIHILD   f   Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of BRÜNHILD.
BRUNILDA   f   Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of BRÜNHILD.
BRUNO   m   German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Croatian, Polish, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic element brun "armour, protection" or brun "brown". Saint Bruno of Cologne was a German monk of the 11th century who founded the Carthusian Order. The surname has belonged Giordano Bruno, a philosopher burned at the stake by the Inquisition.
BRUTUS   m   Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen meaning "heavy" in Latin. Famous bearers include Lucius Junius Brutus, the traditional founder of the Roman Republic, and Marcus Junius Brutus, the statesman who conspired to assassinated Julius Caesar.
BRYAN   m   English
Variant of BRIAN.
BRYANA   f   English (Modern)
Variant of BRIANA.
BRYANNA   f   English (Modern)
Variant of BRIANA.
BRYANNE   f   English (Rare)
Feminine form of BRIAN.
BRYANT   m   English
From a surname which was derived from the given name BRIAN.
BRYCE   m   English
Variant of BRICE.
BRYGIDA   f   Polish
Polish form of BRIDGET.
BRYN   m & f   Welsh, English
Means "hill, mound" in Welsh. It is now used as a feminine name as well.
BRYNHILD   f   Norwegian, Norse Mythology
Norwegian form of BRYNHILDR.
BRYNHILDR   f   Norse Mythology, Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse cognate of BRÜNHILD. In the Norse legend the 'Volsungasaga' Brynhildr was rescued by the hero Sigurd in the guise of Gunnar. Brynhildr and Gunnar were married, but when Sigurd's wife Gudrun let slip that it was in fact Sigurd who had rescued her, Brynhildr plotted against him. She accused Sigurd of taking her virginity, spurring Gunnar to arrange Sigurd's murder.
BRYNHILDUR   f   Icelandic
Icelandic form of BRYNHILDR.
BRYNJA   f   Icelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Means "armour" in Old Norse.
BRYNJAR   m   Norwegian, Icelandic
Derived from the Old Norse elements bryn "armour" and arr "warrior".
BRYNJARR   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of BRYNJAR.
BRYNMOR   m   Welsh
From a Welsh place name meaning "great hill".
BRYNN   f   English (Modern)
Feminine variant of BRYN.
BRYNNE   f   English (Rare)
Feminine variant of BRYN.
BRYON   m   English
Variant of BRIAN.
BRYONY   f   English (Rare)
From the name of a type of Eurasian vine, formerly used as medicine. It ultimately derives from Greek βρυω (bryo) "to swell".
BRYSON   m   English
From an English surname meaning "son of BRICE".
BUANA   m   Indonesian
Means "the world" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit भुवन (bhuvana).
BUCK   m   English
From an English nickname meaning simply "buck, male deer", ultimately from Old English bucc.
BUD   m   English
Short form of BUDDY.
BUDDHA   m   History
Means "enlightened" in Sanskrit. This is a title applied to Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, as well as to a handful of other enlightened individuals.
BUDDY   m   English
From the English word meaning "friend". It probably originated as a nursery form of the word brother.
BUDI   m   Indonesian
Means "reason, mind, character" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit बुद्धि (buddhi) meaning "intellect" (related to Buddha).
BUDUR   f   Arabic
Strictly feminine form of BADR.
BUENAVENTURA   m   Spanish
Spanish form of BONAVENTURA.
BUFFY   f   English
Diminutive of ELIZABETH, from a child's pronunciation of the final syllable. It is now associated with the main character from the television series 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' (1997-2003).
BUĞRA   m   Turkish
Means "baby camel" in Turkish.
BUHLE   f & m   Southern African, Xhosa, Ndebele
From Xhosa and Ndebele buhle "beautiful, handsome", from the root hle.
BÚI   m   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of BO (1).
BULAN   f   Indonesian
Means "moon" (or "month") in Indonesian.
BULAT   m   Kazakh
Variant transcription of BOLAT.
BÜLENT   m   Turkish
Means "high, mighty" in Turkish.
BULUS   m   Arabic
Arabic form of PAUL.
BULUT   m   Turkish
Means "cloud" in Turkish.
BUNNY   f   English
Diminutive of BERENICE.
BÜNYAMİN   m   Turkish
Turkish form of BENJAMIN.
BURAK   m   Turkish
From Arabic براق (Buraq), the name of the legendary creature that, according to Islamic tradition, transported the Prophet Muhammad. Its name is derived from Arabic برق (barq) "lightning".
BURÇİN   f & m   Turkish
Means "hind, doe" in Turkish.
BURCU   f   Turkish
Means "sweet smelling, fragrant" in Turkish.
BURGUNDY   f   English (Rare)
This name can refer either to the region in France, the wine (which derives from the name of the region), or the colour (which derives from the name of the wine).
BURHAN   m   Arabic, Turkish
Means "proof" in Arabic.
BURIM   m   Albanian
Means "spring, well, water source" in Albanian.
BURKE   m   English
From an English surname which was derived from Old English burg meaning "fortress".
BURKHARD   m   German, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements burg meaning "protection" and hard "brave, hardy". Saint Burkhard was a bishop who founded several monasteries in Germany in the 8th century.
BURT   m   English
Short form of BURTON.
BURTON   m   English
From a surname which was originally taken from an Old English place name meaning "fortified town". A famous bearer of the surname was Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890), an explorer of Africa and Asia.
BUSINGE   m & f   Eastern African, Kiga
Means "peace" in Rukiga.
BUSTER   m   English
Originally a nickname denoting a person who broke things, from the word bust. A famous bearer was the silent movie star Buster Keaton (1895-1966).
BUTRUS   m   Arabic, Coptic
Arabic form of PETER.
BUZ   m   Biblical
Means "contempt" in Hebrew. This is the name of a son of ABRAHAM's brother Nahor in the Old Testament.
BYELOBOG   m   Slavic Mythology
Means "the white god" from Slavic byelo "white" and bogu "god". This was the name of the Slavic god of the sun, happiness and fortune.
BYEONG-HO   m   Korean
From Sino-Korean (byeong) meaning "bright, luminous, glorious" combined with (ho) meaning "great, numerous, vast" or (ho) meaning "summer, sky, heaven". Other hanja character combinations are possible.
BYRNE   m   English (Rare)
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Broin meaning "descendant of BRAN (1)".
BYRON   m   English
From a surname which was originally from a place name meaning "place of the cow sheds" in Old English. This was the surname of the romantic poet Lord Byron (1788-1824), the writer of 'Don Juan' and many other works.
BYSSHE   m   English (Rare)
From an English surname, a variant of the surname Bush, which originally indicated a person who lived near a bush. This was the middle name of the romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822).
BYUNG-HO   m   Korean
Variant transcription of BYEONG-HO.
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